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Cheap method of making molds.

Postby Sir Terrance » Wed Feb 18, 2004 10:30 pm

Does anyone know of a cheaper method for making molds? I was thinking of making a mold out of silicone and casting pieces out of a resin, but that is just an idea. Does anyone have any others? Thanks if you helped.


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Postby Guest » Thu Feb 19, 2004 12:21 am

Not sure what's your definition of 'cheap'. But depends on what you are making (mainly to do with the shape of the object), you can certainly check out vacuum forming as well: :D

http://www.warmplastic.com/

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Postby Red Bean » Thu Feb 19, 2004 12:27 am

Hey! That was my post again. Somehow my browser doesn't log me on automatically anymore *boggle*.

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This is what I mean

Postby Sir Terrance » Thu Feb 19, 2004 3:51 am

I guess by cheap I mean under $50 USD. It may seem low, but I am just looking to make some rather simple parts.
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Postby Red Bean » Thu Feb 19, 2004 4:32 am

Terrance,

Go and check out this webpage. It should give some basic ideas on how to get started:

http://home.att.net/~ops32joe/tpresin2.html

Hope that helps :)

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Postby SirCumferance » Thu Feb 19, 2004 1:36 pm

Heh, they used Lego! Cool!
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Postby LEGOFREAK » Thu Feb 19, 2004 5:20 pm

I'll be darned..
I didn't even know I was looking for this and I found it here!
Thanks for the awesome Q&A guys.

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(Now I need to try my hand at a few things I have been thinking of!)
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Postby gerkenz » Tue Mar 02, 2004 8:57 am

Yes - that is exactly what I thought I need to copy some plastic parts or own creations !:

http://home.att.net/~ops32joe/tpresin2.html

thanx for the howto - I read some before but this is a great step-by-step tuto !

I tried some liquid latex before:
but that's not the right choise - 'cause it has to be made layer after layer - and it was not dimensionally stable !

Then I tried a copy of the "42387px1" for my daughters trainset with modelling clay and kind of resin - works fine, but that's an realy easy lego-part.

So I decided to make it with TWO PART MOLDS...
I hope I'll have time to make something about it, soon. :)

Please let me know if you're having success.
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Postby Anonym0us » Thu Mar 04, 2004 12:51 pm

Checkout:

http://www.sculpey.com/Products/products_poly_elasticlay.htm

I'm not sure how much it costs but its probably pretty cheap.
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Cost is...

Postby Anonym0us » Fri Mar 05, 2004 2:05 am

:shock: Its about $3.19 (Canadian) for a really small package. I think that's WAY too much. :shock:
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